Letterkenny man gets chance to avoid drugs conviction

July 21, 2021

A YOUNG Letterkenny man has been given the chance to avoid a drugs conviction.

Kyle Gormley (21) of The Gardens, Ballymacool, Letterkenny, was before Letterkenny District Court charged with possession of a controlled drug, cannabis.

On November 21, 2019, officers attached to the district drugs unit carried out a search of Gormley’s home.

During the raid, a quantity of cannabis was seized. Officers also located empty deal bags, weigh scales and cling film.

Analysis of the substance confirmed that it was cannabis with an estimated street value of €450.

Gormley, who has no previous convictions, made admissions when interviewed by Gardaí.

Solicitor Mr Frank Dorrian said his client was living ‘a fairly chaotic lifestyle’ at the time.

“The distribution here wasn’t done in any systematic way,” Mr Dorrian said. “It was being supplied through a limited group and was two-way traffic. He tells me that he has now stopped cannabis use and there will be no more of this type of behaviour.”

Judge Deirdre Gearty said that a section 3 conviction for possession of a controlled drug could ‘cause enormous difficulty’.

“Now, €450 worth of cannabis is sizeable,” Judge Gearty noted.

Judge Gearty told Gormley that she would strike the matter out if he made a €150 contribution to St Vincent de Paul by November 15.